Joint Communique: On the Outcome of the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Bilateral Commission of Cooperation between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa (20.11.2020)

Lesotho: New restrictive law for social media and online content

In Lesotho, the authorities and the lawmakers are proposing a new law. Which, if a person has more than 100 followers on Social Media. This meaning Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or heck, even TicTok. They got to get license to broadcast and the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) have the access to remove content from the set-user.

This is what everything boils down too. That the state are willing to interfere and control the users. The smartest thing the citizens could do. Is to create various of profiles and have cohorts of people in the margin of 99 people. So, that they don’t have to comply with the new regulation.

Because, if they reach a 100 people. They will need a license. These people will need to comply with the rules of the LCA. They must deliver paperwork on who they are, identification, also proof of residence and business.

This is all done to follow and ensure the LCA can remove and block certain content by users of social media in Lesotho. That means that the LCA practically can remove all sort of content it deems as unfit. If a person has over 100 followers, which is a limited reach.

This is the new “internet broadcasting” rules of 2020. Any sort of internet post going out to a fixed number. Got to comply with this regulation. That is how frighten and how fearful the authorities is. If it is a web page, a social media post or a Youtube video. The LCA got to verify the content before its published. If not, they have the rights to delete it and deactivate it.

This here is interfering in people’s privacy. In their direct communication and usage of modern platforms. A way of licensing and authorising people to publish content. In manner, which an Authority will have oversight and direct control. Where they have the legal jurisdiction to remove or delete content as they see fit. If that being a blogpost, a Facebook-Update, a Tweet and even a Message within WhatsApp. The state can through the Authority get rid of that. This is what it means.

The representatives, the government and the ones governing Lesotho is so afraid of their population. So, they have the need to have the power and the legislation to have total control of the flow of information and content online. Because, it is restrictive to have access to every social media, every webpage and such with 100 followers. There isn’t many whose underneath that currently on a platform. This is a deliberate act to have an oversight over most of the public’s content in the Kingdom. Peace.

Opinion: Thabane’s end is finally here

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is finally over, as of today, King Letsie IIII have appointed Dr. Moeketsi Majoro as his successor and has to form a new government. This is the final nail in the coffin of the political life Thabane. The king has sealed it.

So, what else can we say? Well, the former Prime Minister has enough scandals on his back. His involvement with an Foreign Envoy, who he used to gain political capital and earned fortunes with. His triangle connection to the demise and murder of his ex-wife. All of these things haven’t been answered.

This man has also used the army to stifle opposition to him. His gotten other high ranking officials into trouble, because they have investigated the Prime Minister. Thabane has used his power and tried to intimidate them.

That he haven’t answered for Xan Yie nor for the murder of Lipolelo Thabane. These allegations and investigations needs to finalized. These sort of things shouldn’t vanish into thin air, but now that’s his out of office. He will have the ability to answer for those. Not run to Johannesburg or elsewhere in South Africa. Claim sick or ill, when the Courts are summoning him.

There is time to answer for his scandals. If he was involved or directly earning money on the legislation and connections to the Wool Industry, also if he has a stake in the mohair?

Who knows, but this man has done his part. His played with high stakes and now has to accept the burden of loosing his office. He cannot use the army nor the police to stop his enemies. This man cannot use power and intimidation anymore.

Thabane is done in office. The King has said so and ordered his end. The Prime Minister has misused the office. His even most likely involved in the murder of his ex-wife. There is nothing this man would do. If it didn’t benefit him.

That why he just recently ordered the army to the streets and arrested peers. So, they couldn’t touch him. Now, the King has demoted him. His time is up.

A PM who wanted to move mountains, but lost it all. Power corrupts and this man lost it all in his greed. This man did it and that’s why scandals has hit him. However, its been all self serving and therefore, his demise isn’t sad. Its more a reality check and an balancing act, which in the end ensured his fall.

PM Thabane will not be remembered for his legislation, nor his years in office. However, he will be remembered for running away from the law, misusing his office and his questionable friends. Peace.

Kingdom of Lesotho: Appointmed of Prime Minister Designate (18.05.2020)